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10 Miles! Check!

Well finished the final long run of my training.  It wasn’t the greatest, but it’s finished!

Since my usual route is only 6.5 miles long, I decided to switch it up and run a great route from Cambridge to Boston and back.  It was a beautiful day in Boston (45 degrees when I started) and there were lots of people along the way. 

I started right by Soldiers’ Field Road (by Harvard Stadium):


Then past Harvard/ Cambridge


In that first picture, I was trying to capture a guy that had been rowing on the Charles River.  He was only wearing a little rowing outfit. I kept thinking how chilly he must be, especially if his boat tipped over.

I was actually a bit over dressed in my longsleeves, fleece vest, hat, gloves, and pants.  I was afraid that it would be really chilly along the river with wind and such.  So I ended up taking off my gloves after 2 miles.  I would have taken off my hat, but it keeps my earbuds in my ears.  Also, I decided to stay on the southern side of the river, since it was in shadow much of the time and kept me pretty cool. 

My turn around point was the Esplanade and the Hatch Shell.


That’s the hatch shell, but I forgot to take my phone out when I ran past it.

I got back to my car at 9 miles, so I had to run past it  for 0.5 miles and get another mile in.  Starting around 8 miles, I started having cramps and my right shoulder started hurting.  For that last 0.5 miles, I turned on my closer song and just danced while I ran attempting to forget the pain.  What’s my closer song?  “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray.  Seriously, I dance to the “motion of the ocean”. I don’t care how crazy I looked.  I was RUNNING!

I challenge you to not dance to this song.   I always listen to it when I need a huge pick me up in a run.

So here’s the stats from my Garmin (geez love the Garmin Connect to see how I was running.)



So, not my 12:00 min/mile pace that I like to keep.  But see my 6 minutes of stoppage time?  Yeah, stupid Cambridge intersections.  There were only two or three of them, but I definitely stayed there for a few minutes.  Especially this one where there wasn’t a walk sign (just a cross-walk painted).  When I finally thought that I had a chance to go, I ended up getting honked at by a bunch of people who wanted to turn right.   I politely informed them that  it was a cross-walk (which you are required to stop for in Massachusetts.)  Okay, there might have been some colorful language.   Apparently I get road rage even when I’m not in a car!  Stupid Boston drivers!  I take all honks as a personal affront!

Phew, anyway, 10 miles! 


I love looking at the stats and the little player on my Garmin connect.  Now just a week from today, I’m supposed to do 13.1 miles!!  Here goes nothing!

Done any long runs lately?  What’s one of your favorite songs to pump you up?  Do you also hate Boston drivers?

Music Throwbacks

I have XM Satellite radio in my car and love Channel 90’s on 9.  My sisters-in-law and I were rocking out to it on our roadtrip the other day.  We knew the lyrics to all of the songs. It was amazing, considering some of the songs I hadn’t even THOUGHT of in years.  Like “Blue, da be dee da ba dye”?   Then today, I was reminded of the song “Roses” by Outkast.  I seriously watched this music video over and over in the fall of 2003.  It just makes me laugh!


Anyway, I made some running playlists to keep me motivated and have some great old and new stuff on there.  Some of this just makes me smile when it comes on:

What songs do you enjoy running to?  Fast? Slow?  Do also wish you could stay in the 90’s forever?  There was some awesome music back then!  Can you picture where you were when listening to some of these songs?  What am I missing?

What are the kids listening to these days?

I have a “little sister” through Big Brother Big Sister.  She’s eleven.  I visit her once a week during lunch/recess.  Recently we’ve been going to the gymnasium and playing with things like scooters.  The gym also has a sound system and microphone.  She likes to plug the microphone in and give commentary on our adventures.  Last week we decided to play a bunch of the CD’s that were around the sound system.  It was mostly Jock Jams kind of stuff.  She was amazed that I originally had “You Can’t Touch This” on cassette tape!

Anyway, I said that I’d make her a CD of current music for this week’s visit.  Unfortunately, I listen to country (I got annoyed with popular music about 5 years ago), so I had a bunch of Taylor Swift, but not much else.  I had to go searching “Now That’s What I Call Music” for the past year or two to discover “what the kids are listening to.”  How old am I?

I actually did recognize a lot of it.  Here’s my little sister’s playlist that I had for her:

I can’t believe that (a) I have Miley Cyrus on my iTunes now and (b) it’s actually a kind of good song . . .

When the Britney Spears song came on, she said “Oh this is that girl.  You know, the one that shaved her head . . .”  BRITNEY SPEARS!  She is not just that girl, SHE’S BRITNEY SPEARS!  My how times have changed.  I should also bring in my own CD’s.  My friend and I agreed that, even though it’s 15 years old, the Clueless soundtrack is still very relevant and I should expose my pre-teen sister to it.

What songs do you like that are currently popular?  Any other great songs to rock out to?


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